IDC predicts that data will grow to over 40 zettabytes by 2020, a 50-fold increase from the start of 2010, and of this growth, 90 percent will be unstructured. Rich media and mobile device growth, along with the digitization of content, has put great strain on traditional NAS and SAN storage systems. Software-defined object storage is quickly becoming a mainstream solution to tackling this big data storage challenge.
Back in November, we blogged about Cloudian’s object storage solution HyperStore, and shared nine questions to ask before making investments in storage technology infrastructure. IDC has designated Cloudian as a “Major Player” in the object storage space, and for good reason. We especially like these eight features that Cloudian HyperStore provides:
- Infinite scalability. With today’s data growth, this feature is paramount. You can add heterogeneous data centers and regions, or add a single node, all in one operation. You simply scale based on demand.
- Enterprise-level data protection. We’ve blogged on the built-in data protection that comes with object storage in general, and Cloudian is no exception. Replication factors and ISA-L Erasure Coding allow you to optimize storage protection for all data objects.
- Easy data movement. Cloudian HyperStore makes managing data easier – storing and retrieving where and when you need it. You can move data between on-premises storage and the public cloud regardless of the type and size of the data.
- S3 compatible. The Amazon S3 API is currently the standard for developers so it’s important to be S3 compliant. With that said, HyperStore also offers the flexibility to integrate as a hybrid tier to public cloud providers like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.
- Multi-tenancy. Identity and access features give system administrators the ability to provision and manage groups and users, and define classes of service for them. You can more effectively manage bandwidth and QoS levels with custom configurations.
- IAM user support. Cloudian HyperStore provides selective support for the Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) API providing additional levels of flexibility with groups and user data management.
- Broad application support. The S3 compatibility helps users access numerous AWS applications across a wide range of categories covering file sharing, backup and data retention, NFS/CIFS gateways, desktop file storage, and backup.
- WORM. Cloudian HyperStore supports a Write Once, Read Many (WORM) policy to a bucket with an advanced S3 extension. As Cloudian states: When a WORM policy is implemented for a bucket, objects in the bucket cannot be altered or deleted through HyperStore S3 interfaces until the object age exceeds a specified retention period. This type of policy can be used, to meet regulatory requirements that call for data to be kept in its original form throughout a mandated retention period. WORM is implemented on a per-bucket basis and therefore offers great multi-tenancy retention flexibility.
Replacing traditional storage systems with an object storage solution can deliver many benefits thanks to features like these in Cloudian HyperStore. To see these, and other emerging technologies in action, be sure to check out our iLab, where we’ll guide you to making smart, informed decisions.